The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took the right to task for the collective hissy fit they threw after President Obama dared to call out Fox for their constant demonization of those living in poverty. As we already discussed here, while speaking during a panel on poverty at Georgetown University on Tuesday, President Obama dared to say this:
"Over the last 40 years, sadly, there's been an effort to make folks mad at the top, or to make folks mad at the folks at the bottom."
"And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are spongers, leeches, don't want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And it's still being propagated," he continued.
He then proceeded to assign some well-deserved blame to the likes of Fox News specifically, saying, "If you watch Fox News on a regular basis...they will find folks who make me mad. I don't know where they find them."
After referencing to the way Fox News magnified the "Obamaphone," he called them out for rarely showing stories about the waitress with two kids who is struggling to get by but playing by all the rules.
Of course the response over at Faux "news" was to throw a fit, and to deny reality and pretend that they don't spend every single week doing exactly that. As someone who helps monitor Fox for this blog, and specifically a lot of the so-called "business block" on Saturdays, I found their reaction completely laughable, since I've personally spent countless hours watching and recording and posting the talking heads over on Fox doing just that.
So I was particularly happy to watch the butt-kicking Jon Stewart gave them for their blatant and easily disprovable hypocrisy this Wednesday evening. After showing a mashup of their whining about how mean President Obama was being to them while ignoring just about everything else he said during that forum at Georgetown, Stewart made this very apt comparison.
STEWART: Yep, just like college students at a four hour commencement, Fox basically pays no attention until they hear their own names. It turns out at one point in this incredibly thoughtful and productive session on poverty, the President made the easily provable and decidedly true point that Fox News' narrative is poverty is not a function of economic conditions, but of character.
After poking a bit of fun at Fox host Martha MacCallum's reaction to President Obama's criticism, and wondering if she was "anchoring a news desk" or "just coming home to find out your dog had eaten your cat's entire litter box?" Stewart continued.
STEWART: It sounds to me like the President has a remarkably firm grasp on your business model there Fox. So why are you outraged?
Cue Fox Business' Stewart Varney accusing President Obama of spinning, while spinning himself in circles trying to pretend that he and his network don't demonize those living in poverty day in and day out. After playing another series of clips from Fox attacking the poor as a bunch of lazy moochers who don't want to work and just suck off of the government teet, Stewart again laid into Varney.
STEWART: How fucking removed from reality is Fox's perception of their own coverage on poverty. The main defender of your network's attitude towards those in poverty, is the main offender. He does segments that would make Ebenezer Scrooge go, "Take it easy, these are people we're talking about." So for dessert tonight, we serve you baked al-asshole.
After showing another montage of footage of Varney's greatest hits, and doing his best imitation of Varney as Scrooge, Stewart continued:
STEWART: Are these, honestly, are these glaring contradictions a product of a lack of self-awareness, or cynicism, or stupidity, or evil. I don't know anymore and I'm starting to lack a richness of (bleep.)
What I don't understand is another journalist on another network leaping to defend something so clearly indefensible.
That would of course be Joe Scarborough, who treats the viewers over at MSNBC to three hours of what may as well be Fox every weekday morning, and who no one should be calling a "journalist." And if Stewart is confused about their motives, I'll gladly weigh in on the side of evil if that helps.
Stewart wrapped things up with a bit he called, Did You Even Try to Research This? for Scarborough and his buddies on Morning Joe.
You can watch that entire Morning Joe segment here:
And please go read Driftglass' take on it, who tore him apart earlier today before Jon Stewart got around to it. I'll just share this small portion here:
One of the most highly paid hair-cuts on your Liberal teevee does not believe that anyone on Fox News has ever said anything mean about the Poors.
He also that Barack Obama is
uppity"arrogant" for suggesting that badmouthing the Poors is an actual thing that Conservatives do. [...]
It's always bad on MSNBC these days, watching the last, flickering light of Liberalism on teevee slowly being snuffed out by the damp rag of Chuck Toddism. But watching the video of Squint thugging it up like the drunken asshole at the end of the bar this morning? Double-dog daring his minions to name one time -- one time! -- that anyone on Mr. Roger Ailes' Perfectly Fair Teevee Network had ever called poor people names? Then watching his flunkies stare extravagantly at their shoe tops and pretended they had either never heard of Roger Ailes or were in some other teevee studio entirely?
This was perfectly surreal.
And a perfect coda on the collapse of journalism in America.